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Working with visibility/graphic overrides

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Video: Working with visibility/graphic overrides

There are many ways to manipulate the graphical display of elements in Revit projects. It's really important to begin with a good understanding of the overall default used in your project at the top level of the display hierarchy before you go in and start modifying things at an override level. So, for example, in the previous movie called Object Styles, you want to start there and make sure that you have an understanding of what's controlling the overall graphics first, and then if need be, you can come in and start manipulating graphics at a particular view-by-view level. So in this lesson we have a file here called Visibility Graphics and we're going to look at a few examples where you might want to make some changes to some of your views that are a little bit different than the way they are displaying in other views.

Working with visibility/graphic overrides

There are many ways to manipulate the graphical display of elements in Revit projects. It's really important to begin with a good understanding of the overall default used in your project at the top level of the display hierarchy before you go in and start modifying things at an override level. So, for example, in the previous movie called Object Styles, you want to start there and make sure that you have an understanding of what's controlling the overall graphics first, and then if need be, you can come in and start manipulating graphics at a particular view-by-view level. So in this lesson we have a file here called Visibility Graphics and we're going to look at a few examples where you might want to make some changes to some of your views that are a little bit different than the way they are displaying in other views.

This floor plan is showing me furniture, it's showing me electrical fixtures, and it's showing me some dimensions and some other things. You may want to have a separate electrical power plan and a separate furniture plan. So to do that, what you need to do is learn how to duplicate existing views and then how to change the graphical settings of those views so that they look different from one another. I'm in Level 1 floor plan and if I select the floor plan, I can right-click on it and there is a Duplicate View and there are actually three different options.

We're going to focus on the first two in this movie. If you just simply do Duplicate, you're going to get a copy of Level 1 that only shows model geometry and none of the annotations. So there are no dimensions here, there are no room tags, and in some cases that may be exactly what you want. If I go back to Level 1 and do right- click, Duplicate with Detailing, Copy 2 of Level 1, this is an exact copy of Level 1 including all annotation. All door tags, window tags, room tags and dimensions.

So that's the first step is deciding whether or not you want to start with the annotation from the previous view or whether or not you want to remove that. Now if you need some of the annotation and not all of it, you're still going to want to Duplicate with Detailing in most cases and then just remove the annotation you don't want. So in this example, I am going to start with this one. I am going to right-click it again and choose Rename and I am going to call this Furniture Plan, but I probably ought to say Level 1 Furniture Plan. So this is going to be my Level 1 Furniture Plan and the first thing I want to do is I want to clean it up a little bit.

I do want to see the room tags but not really any of the other tags. So I am going to make a big old selection around the entire floor plan, and that highlights everything, then I will click my Filter button, check None, and I want to only select the stuff I want to delete. Door tags, dimensions, window tags. Now, deleting dimensions, this is not model geometry, so it's only being deleted from this view. If I go back to the original Level 1 View, you can see that I still have all of the dimensions and tags intact over here.

So let me return to the furniture plan. So now we've gotten rid of the tags we want. Now unlike tags, if I were to delete electrical fixtures, they would be deleted everywhere. So that, we don't want to do. We want to take a different approach here. So here we're going to actually hide the electrical fixtures in this view only, as opposed to deleting them. Now, there is a couple of ways we can do that. We can do it with the Visibility Graphics dialog, and I'd like to show you that way first. So we're going to go to the View tab. We're going to click on Visibility Graphics.

Notice that the shortcut for that is VG. You'll be using Visibility Graphics quite often, so you probably want to get the hang of using the shortcut for this, VG. And I would go down and I would find electrical fixtures, and I would simply uncheck the box. That will make those items invisible in this view only. Now again, this is a view specific change. If I return to Level 1, you can see that electrical fixtures are still visible here. So I will go back to the furniture plan and everything looks pretty good and so I'm confident that this is the plan that I want.

So I am going to be comfortable with this one. Let's do one more example. I am going to right-click Level 1, duplicate it with detailing, rename it, and I will call this Level 1 Power Plan. Now here I will show you an alternative to the method I just showed you to hide things. Once again, I'm going to select everything. Filter, check None, and delete dimensions, door tags, and window tags.

Your alternative of course is to duplicate without detailing and then re-add your Room tags. Some might argue that it's just as easy to do that as it is to do the method that I'm showing, but I think it's a "6 of one and 1/2 dozen of the other" proposition, so I'll leave that up to you. Now here, I want to see the electrical fixtures, but perhaps I don't want to see the furniture. So I could go to VG and uncheck Furniture, or I can select one of my furniture items, and up here on the Ribbon, there is this little light bulb icon for Hide & View, and if I click on that, it's actually a dropdown, and we can hide two ways.

If I were to just choose the first one, Hide Elements, we will talk about that in the future movie. That would only hide this one table. But if I use this one, Hide Category, and you can see the shortcut for that is VH, that will hide everything that shares the category of the item I have selected, which is furniture in this case. So that will hide all the furniture, and that would be exactly the same as if I typed VG and unchecked the furniture box. You'll notice how it's just done it for me. So that can be sometimes a little bit quicker if you know that you just want to hide items like the one that you have selected.

So you end up in the same place; you have both of those methods. Now I am going to undo. Perhaps instead of hiding the furniture, what you'd actually like to do is just make the furniture a little bit less obvious. Let's half tone it, for example. I can do the same thing. I can go to VG and make the modification, or right below the little light bulb, there is a little Paintbrush icon. I am going to choose that, and we have Override by Category. Now when I select that that will take me to VG automatically and highlight the furniture item for me.

So it's a little quicker than my typing VG and then going to find that category, particularly if you are not sure which category something is. Now it's pretty obvious that this was furniture, but who knows? Maybe in some cases you might want to just be sure. All I have to do is check the Halftone box right here and when I click OK, you'll see that instead of disappearing, all the furniture drops back to 50% gray, and so it's a little bit less obvious, but it might be helpful to have the furniture nearby, so that the guys laying out the electrical outlets kind of know where to put the power and so on. So those are a few different methods you have to modify the graphics of your various views at a view-by-view level, and again, I really want to remind you, if I go back to Level 1, that all the changes we made only affected that view.

So unlike object styles which was a global change, these changes are view by view-by-view. Very powerful indeed!

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Revit Architecture 2011 Essential Training

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  1. 1m 59s
    1. Welcome
      1m 27s
    2. Using the exercise files
      32s
  2. 13m 45s
    1. Introducing building information modeling (BIM)
      3m 0s
    2. Working in one model with many views
      5m 51s
    3. Understanding Revit element hierarchy
      4m 54s
  3. 47m 31s
    1. Using the Recent Files screen and the Application menu
      3m 21s
    2. Using the Ribbon and the Quick Access Toolbar (QAT)
      5m 3s
    3. Understanding context ribbons
      3m 0s
    4. Using the Project Browser and navigating views
      7m 37s
    5. Using the Properties palette
      10m 1s
    6. Selection and modification basics
      10m 27s
    7. Accessing Revit options
      8m 2s
  4. 42m 18s
    1. Creating a new project
      3m 26s
    2. Understanding the importance of template files
      5m 7s
    3. Understanding project settings
      6m 9s
    4. Opening and saving projects
      9m 9s
    5. Adding levels
      5m 0s
    6. Adding grids
      8m 41s
    7. Adding columns
      4m 46s
  5. 58m 21s
    1. Adding walls
      8m 39s
    2. Using snaps
      6m 39s
    3. Understanding wall properties and wall types
      7m 24s
    4. Locating walls
      7m 34s
    5. Using the modify tools
      7m 33s
    6. Adding doors and windows
      6m 37s
    7. Using constraints
      4m 47s
    8. Adding plumbing fixtures and other components
      4m 8s
    9. Using Autodesk Seek
      5m 0s
  6. 50m 52s
    1. Working with DWG files
      7m 51s
    2. Creating topography from a DWG link
      7m 45s
    3. Understanding CAD inserts
      6m 8s
    4. Using import tips
      4m 6s
    5. Creating a group
      9m 20s
    6. Working with Revit links
      9m 3s
    7. Managing links
      5m 51s
    8. Understanding file formats
      48s
  7. 1h 2m
    1. Working with floors
      8m 37s
    2. Working with footprint roofs
      7m 13s
    3. Working with extrusion roofs
      6m 0s
    4. Roof modifications and examples
      6m 27s
    5. Working with slope arrows
      6m 17s
    6. Adding openings
      8m 13s
    7. Working with stairs
      7m 41s
    8. Working with railings
      4m 29s
    9. Working with ceilings
      7m 36s
  8. 35m 52s
    1. Creating a custom basic wall type
      6m 10s
    2. Understanding stacked walls
      7m 31s
    3. Adding curtain walls
      6m 50s
    4. Adding curtain grids, mullions, and panels
      6m 44s
    5. Creating wall sweeps
      8m 37s
  9. 32m 43s
    1. Using object styles
      4m 45s
    2. Working with visibility/graphic overrides
      6m 52s
    3. Using Hide/Isolate
      7m 11s
    4. Understanding view range
      7m 40s
    5. Using the Linework tool
      4m 2s
    6. Using cutaway views
      2m 13s
  10. 21m 44s
    1. Adding rooms
      7m 4s
    2. Controlling room numbering
      8m 16s
    3. Understanding room bounding elements
      6m 24s
  11. 27m 2s
    1. Understanding tags
      7m 42s
    2. Adding schedules
      6m 50s
    3. Modifying schedules
      6m 8s
    4. Creating a key schedule
      6m 22s
  12. 48m 38s
    1. Adding text
      7m 21s
    2. Adding dimensions
      7m 26s
    3. Adding symbols
      3m 54s
    4. Adding legend views
      4m 42s
    5. Creating a detail callout
      6m 25s
    6. Using detail components
      9m 36s
    7. Adding filled and masking regions
      9m 14s
  13. 34m 39s
    1. Understanding families
      2m 37s
    2. Using reference planes, parameters, and constraints
      10m 46s
    3. Adding solid geometry
      8m 40s
    4. Adding void geometry
      4m 49s
    5. Completing the family
      7m 47s
  14. 32m 6s
    1. Adding sheets
      7m 58s
    2. Working with placeholder sheets
      4m 16s
    3. Outputting sheets to a DWF file
      6m 5s
    4. Exporting to AutoCAD
      5m 50s
    5. Plotting and creating a PDF
      7m 57s
  15. 25s
    1. Goodbye
      25s

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